March 29, 2009

Sunday @ Southbrook Monroe 3.29.09

As the pre-service music started I looked around. Things were gearing up. The service was about to start. People were streaming in the doors. New faces everywhere. I love seeing new smiling faces. I love seeing those faces still smiling when they are leaving. God continues to bless us with new faces each week. Lord, help us to be faithful in welcoming and following up with those new faces!

Pastor Rob joined us live this weekend. He continued our walk through the book of Hebrews - "Christ our High Priest." Here is a quick recap.
  • We can boldly approach the throne of grace. We do not need to go through any man to get to the Father. Jesus is our great high priest. He is the only way.
  • The OT high priest's job was to go to God with our sin, like a defense attorney.
  • Jesus has bridged that gap. He did the work of the high priest once and for all.
  • We cannot hide our sin from God. Your junk will eventually catch up with you.
  • For more background information on the high priest, read Leviticus 6-10 & 21
  • Jesus, our high priest, is the source of salvation for everyone.
  • There were 4 requirements to be a high priest:
1) You had to be a man
2) You had to be called by God
3) You had to understand the guilt of humanity
4) You had to be beset with weakness yourself
  • Jesus met each of these requirements. Even though He was God, he became a man. He was called (sent) by God. He understood our guilt. And yes, He was beset with weakness Himself.
  • Jesus suffered, Jesus cried, Jesus felt pain. Jesus was forsaken by God the Father. Jesus had to become obedient to death, even death on the cross.
I am thankful for a church that is not afraid of the truth. If we have to water down or sugar coat the truth, then it's not worth believing.

Have a great week!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Had a great time today! Kudos to all of you at Monroe! I am looking to make it a permanent home for my family!

Trisha Crawley